Latest Chip Technology

Q. In trying to keep up with the latest technology, I bought a new computer with an Intel Pentium III chip. While it was a little pricey, the machine is fast and I get more work done. But a colleague told me I got ripped off. He said the economy Celeron chip, which was designed to compete against low-end competitors, is actually faster than the top-of-the-line Pentium III. What’s the story?

A. There’s some truth to your colleague’s statement. The $165 500-MHz Celeron chip runs nearly 9% faster than the $225 450-MHz Pentium II and neck and neck with a $670 450-MHz Pentium III. However, if price is no object, watch for the 600-MHz-plus Pentium III. It’s about to be introduced and it’ll make the others look as if they’re standing still. But if you want speed at bargain prices, check out the Celeron—it’s an economical racehorse. By the way, don’t believe rumors that the Celeron can’t run Windows 2000.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.